American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Liveliness; briskness; sprightliness.
- n. Cheerful readiness or promptitude; cheerful willingness.
- n. Hence Readiness; quickness; swiftness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude; joyous activity; briskness; sprightliness.
- n. liveliness and eagerness
- Coined between 1500 and 1510 from Latin alacritās, from alacer ("brisk") + -itas ("-ity"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin alacritās, from alacer, lively. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The party gathered itself up with alacrity from the grass.”
“Moreover, simply recall the alacrity with which President Bush and his spin operatives seized upon each of these so-called "milestones" to fling Panglossian excrement into the collective eyes of America's dupes, in order to rationalize away a lost war and all the unnecessary blood on his hands.”
“Finally someone (we hope it was not Judith) called her number -- sixty-eight, and she sprang to the chalk line with what is usually termed alacrity, but it really sounded much more ominous.”
“And what added to our alacrity was our expectation of meeting with two of them instead of one, for we took it for granted that the light in view was carried in the top of one ship for a direction to her consort.”
“At one cross-road a dozen American Red Cross cars were drawn up, and I recall the alacrity of a middle-aged American doctor, wearing gold pince-nez, in hopping off his ambulance and snapshotting the colonel at the head of the battery.”
“At the call, not only his own waiter, but two other idle waiters belonging to a quite different row of tables, rushed towards him with obsequious alacrity, which is not the general characteristic of the waiters in the Café Umberto.”
“Franklin got up at once and walked away beside her, and Althea knew that his alacrity was the greater because he felt that by going with Miss Buckston he left her alone with her cherished friend.”
“At the call, not only his own waiter, but two other idle waiters belonging to a quite different row of tables, rushed towards him with obsequious alacrity, which is not the general characteristic of the waiters in the Cafe Umberto.”
“And you may know by my size that I have a kind of alacrity in sinking; if the bottom were as deep as hell, I should down.”
“It can't happen with that kind of alacrity without real effort on the part of the business community, and I would say the community has defaulted to government in the last little while and allowed government to take the lead.”
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